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DONATELLO
St John the Baptist
1438
Painted wood, height 141 cm
Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Venice
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St John the Baptist
1438
Polychrome wood, height 141 cm
Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Venice
Where Donatello excelled was in his rendering of drama and pathos, nearly always in a Christian context. The gaunt, painted wood statues of St John the Baptist (1438; Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Venice) and St Mary Magdalene (c. 1457; Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence), as well as his bronze St John for Siena Cathedral, border on the horrific and are deliberately shocking to a casual observer. The choice of wood may reflect a wish to relate these figures to the Gothic tradition of wood-carving in Germany and the alpine regions, where it was always used expressively. The intense empathy that Donatello manifested with his chosen subjects, whether carved in wood or marble or cast in bronze, is deeply moving and is still much appreciated. The very humanity of such works retains its appeal across six centuries. But even if Donatello&#146;s expressiveness is all his own, to some extent he was drawing on an earlier Tuscan Gothic tradition of fiercely dramatic narrative founded by Giovanni Pisano, who, where necessary, as in the <a onclick="return OpenOther('/html/p/pisano/giovanni/pulpit_a/1panel3.html')" href="/html/p/pisano/giovanni/pulpit_a/1panel3.html">Massacre of the Innocents</a> (1301; Sant'Andrea, Pistoia), did not flinch from inflicting the full horror of the event on the spectator.
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St John the Baptist
1457
Bronze, height 185 cm
Duomo, Siena
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St John the Baptist (detail)
1438
Painted wood
Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Venice
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St John the Evangelist
1410-11
Marble, height 210 cm
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence
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St John the Evangelist
1410-11
Marble, height 210 cm
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence
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St John the Evangelist (detail)
1410-11
Marble
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence
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St John the Evangelist (detail)
1410-11
Marble
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence
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St Justina
1447-50
Bronze, height 154 cm
Basilica di Sant'Antonio, Padua
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St Louis of Toulouse
1421-25
Gilded bronze, height 226 cm
Museo dell'Opera di Santa Croce, Florence
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St Louis of Toulouse
1447-50
Bronze, height 164 cm
Basilica di Sant'Antonio, Padua
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St Louis of Toulouse (detail)
1421-25
Gilded bronze
Museo dell'Opera di Santa Croce, Florence
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St Louis of Toulouse (detail)
1421-25
Gilded bronze
Museo dell'Opera di Santa Croce, Florence
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St Luke
1460-65
Bronze
San Lorenzo, Florence
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St Mark
c. 1411
Marble, height 236 cm
Orsanmichele, Florence
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St Mark
c. 1411
Marble, height 236 cm
Orsanmichele, Florence
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St Mark
c. 1411
Marble, height 236 cm
Orsanmichele, Florence
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St Mary Magdalene
c. 1457
Polychrome wood, height 188 cm
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence
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St Mary Magdalene
c. 1457
Polychrome wood, height 188 cm
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence
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St Mary Magdalene (detail)
c. 1457
Polychrome wood
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence
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